February 2021 PAPPA Newsletter
President's Message

I am honored to serve as your PAPPA 2021 President. The arrival of the new year, for me, as I’m sure for you, brings anticipation for a safe return of face-to-face collaboration in both our professional and personal lives. I have always been a “glass half full” kind of person so I look forward to all the positive things that 2021 will offer.  I wish many thanks to Brian Deissroth, previous PAPPA President, the entire PAPPA board, volunteers and our Executive Director, Patti Ward, for keeping our membership engaged and supported in 2020.  Our board navigated uncharted waters, constantly adapted to change and ultimately embraced a new “virtual” world. We now emerge into 2021 with a new perspective and eager to continue that commitment of engagement in 2021. Here is what you can expect:
In March we are providing a new Educational Power Hour format for the weekly Coffee Talks on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Each week, for 5 weeks, a different speaker, relevant to our industry, will discuss topics ranging from the state of our industry, social media, and technology to name a few. These sessions will educate and offer our membership engagement opportunities to ask questions and collaborate.  This is an exciting new offering from PAPPA which will surely benefit both our supplier and distributor members. Find details about the NEW PAPPA Learn 'n Go sessions and register at www.mypappa.org. In April we will resume the regular Coffee Talk schedule.
The second Thursday in March & April we will continue our popular VIRTUAL PAPPA Fireside Chats at 4 p.m. where members unwind, socialize, exchange ideas, and freely speak on a variety of topics both work-related and personal. All PAPPA members are welcome. Go to www.mypappa.org to register and join the fun!
Please utilize the newly redesigned PAPPA website, www.mypappa.org , to access your member benefits. Here you will find our membership coupon book which offers many amazing discounts and deals from our supplier partners.  Regularly check our calendar for information and to register for all of the events outlined in the calendar below. If you have not yet renewed your membership you can also do that on the website. 
Also, please continue to engage on the PAPPA Facebook page. (Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association-PAPPA).
Let’s embrace the new year with a positive outlook!  I am committed to maintain our association’s strength, prescience and promote engagement as we move forward into the future! 
Wishing you the best,
Mark Colfer, PAPPA President

March Learn 'n Go Series for PAPPA Members

Tuesday's at 9 a.m.
Free for PAPPA members; $10 for non-members

March 2 - PromoHunt - Distributors discover a new PAPPA resource to help you save money on your orders. Tony Wavering, will walk you through PromoHunt and show you how to take advantage of all the benefits. Click here to register.

March 9 - “The In’s and Out’s of Packaging…Using the Discovery Process to Extend Your Marketing Reach” with Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, MASI, President & CEO Cliff Quicksell Associates. Click here to register.

March 16 - "Social Media Strategy Made Easy" with Vincent Driscoll, Digital Content Director and Melissa Newman, Social Media Manager, Advertising Specialty Institute®.
This isn’t a regular Social Media Strategy 101 presentation – it’s a cool one! Whether you’re an absolute beginner or are looking for a way to streamline the process of creating your own strategy, this presentation is for you. ASI’s social media experts Melissa Newman and Vincent Driscoll will cover all the basics: setting social media S.M.A.R.T goals, audience research, choosing the right social media platforms for your business, and best practices for creating engagement. Registration to open soon.

March 23 "Three Reasons to Focus on Email Marketing and How to Build Your List" presented by Abby Koss, Director of Marketing, Advertising Specialty Institute®
Abby will discuss the way we market our products and services is constantly evolving. One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of email marketing. Growing your email list will lead to longevity in your business and loyal customers. Registration to open soon.

March 30 "State of the Industry" with Bob DeFord, MASI, Senior Vice President, Distributor Sales & Marketing, Advertising Specialty Institute® 
Bob will share the latest ASI research and distributor sales surveys, along with breaking news impacting the global promotional products industry and recent product and market trends, along with sales tips and strategies to help distributors succeed in 2021 and beyond. Registration to open soon.

Registration is open for the March 2 & March 9 sessions on the PAPPA website at www.mypappa.org.
Sessions are free for PAPPA members; $10 for non-members

The Coffee Talk format will resume in April.

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Fireside Chat Thursday, March 11 @ 4 p.m.
Join us for a casual opportunity to connect with fellow members to talk shop, favorite movies, favorite beverages, or plans for outdoor fun as spring approaches.

Click here to register
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2021 PAPPA Shows & Events

April 14 - Spring Showcase Client Expo @ Springfield Country Club, Springfield, PA - registration to open soon. Currently determining if this will be indoors or outdoors on this date. Based on member survey results.

May 13 - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Client Expo – location TBD / May 18 rain date if needed

June 10 – Allentown Client Expo – location TBD / June 15 rain date if needed

NEW DATE -- September 22 - Lancaster Client Expo @ Spooky Nook, Manheim, PA

September 23 – Fall Promotions Client Expo - King of Prussia area Location TBD / Sept 28 rain date if needed

NEW DATE -- October 12 - South Jersey Client Expo @ Collingswood Grand Ballroom, Collingswood, NJ

Check the PAPPA website for show and event information updates - www.mypappa.org

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Have you renewed your dues yet?
Are you a friend of PAPPA considering becoming a member? We hope you do.

If you already renewed your membership dues - THANK YOU!

If you didn't renew yet or wish to join click here.
Contact Ben Haynes, Corporate Program Manager, at ben.haynes@qti.com or call 214.560.4551 
Spring Housekeeping ... let's stay connected

PAPPA members If you have had changes with your business the past year such as new address, staff changes, etc please let PAPPA know so that we can keep our membership (& staff) listing as accurate as possible.

It is our goal to make sure that we reach all member companies and their staff so that you don't miss out on member opportunities, specials, virtual meetings and in-person events.

Please email Patti Ward, PAPPA Executive Director, if you have any updates to share. email: patti@mypappa.org
Multi-Line Rep Members...
tell us the lines that you currently rep so distributor members can follow you

Email Patti Ward patti@mypappa.org so that we can compile a 2021 MLR Rep Listing. This list will be placed in the member resource section of the website.

The Member Resource Section will be available on the website in March.
Regional Webinars

How to get the link you need to access the session?

Please note that registering for the Webinars is a two-step process.

#1 Register on the PAPPA website or by responding to the emails that PAPPA sends you to verify that you are a current PAPPA member to avoid paying the $25 non-member fee.

#2 Check your inbox for the registration confirmation that says "click here to complete your registration". You must complete this step so that you receive the GO TO WEBINAR link to access the session.

Enjoy the webinars. Check the PAPPA website at www.mypappa.org for upcoming sessions.

Distributor Members the Zoom Coupon book link is available and was emailed to you a few weeks ago. If you didn't see it, you can log into the website and access it on the members-only page. Suggestion: save it to your desktop so that you have it easily accessible. Need help accessing the website? Contact Patti Ward for a temporary password.

ALSO - new this year is PromoHunt. This is a new resource for our distributor members to save money on orders. To learn about PromoHunt register to attend the Learn n Go Session this coming Tuesday, March 2 @ 9 a.m. where Tony Wavering, PromoHunt, will show you this cool tool and how to best use it. Register for this session above where you see the Power Hour logo..